POLL: Should elephant and ape captivity be banned?

POLL: Should elephant and ape captivity be banned?

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Naturalist and expert is throwing her support behind a new bill in Canada. Manitoba Senator Murray Sinclair is pushing for an ambitious animal welfare reform that includes banning the captivity of and in the country.

Called the “Jane Goodall Act,” the bill would ban zoos and similar entities from getting new apes or elephants unless they’re expressly for conservation or welfare purposes. Animals used for entertainment or tourism would be banned in this law.

“They are big animals and they are also incredibly intelligent,” Goodall told CBC News. “I gather that in Canada they actually use them for entertainment and giving tourists rides. That’s very insulting, really, very demeaning to their role in our lives.”

Goodall drew on her personal experiences with apes and other primates during her studies. “I’ve been working since the 1960s for people to understand the true nature of animals, that they have beings and that they’re not here for us to use and abuse.

Now that we know so much more, gradually things are changing, but we’re still disrespecting animals,” she said. “As humans around the world accept that animals are sentient beings, there is a growing call for improved living conditions and treatment of captive animals.

I would say [that] 20 years ago, they wouldn’t have had a hope in hell of passing anything like this bill.”

Zoos are harmful to wildlife and do not help with conservation efforts, as they most commonly publicize. Animals are kept in small habitats and often suffer emotional distress.

This article was first published by OneGreenPlanet on 24 November 2020. Lead Image Source : superbank stock/ Shutterstock.com.

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george mira

Zoos must be ended. Keeping mobile animals captive for human profit and perverse “pleasure” is an aberration that can no longer be countenance. My own aberrant brother in law, stole an endangered desert tortoise form its life, put it in a small plastic bucket for his children to ogle, feeding it lettuce only, until it died. The man should himself be in prison for this act. By the way, WCS, the supposed wildlife conservation society, constantly pretends that it is valid, while operating the cruel Bronx zoo, wherein elephants and large predators have died in terrible sorrow for a century… Read more »

Janet Kenedy

Absolutely YES!!

Linda Badham
Linda Badham


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Robert Piller
Robert Piller

In the majority of cases and for most reasons yes. But we should never lose sight that good captive breeding is often the only alternative to extinction.